So in honor of my Dad's ancestors, a German recipe was in the works for this night's dinner. (It's from the "Fannie Farmer Cookbook"). It happened to also be my Mother's birthday, February 9th, and she also has German blood in her. Therefore, "To my parents", who gave me a blessed and appreciative existence!
"SPARERIBS AND SAUERKRAUT"
4 cups sauerkraut, drained
3 tart apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thin
1 onion, cut in thin rings
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup dry white wine
4 pounds spareribs, trimmed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the sauerkraut over the bottom of a shallow baking dish. Cover with the apples, onion rings, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the wine over and lay the spareribs on top. Cover snugly with foil and bake for 1 hour. Uncover, and bake another 20 minutes. Cut the ribs into 3-rib portions and serve each over a spoonful of apples, onions, and sauerkraut.
Good night to you all, or as in Germany, they say "Gute Nacht euch allen!"